ORS 735.724¹
Application to participate in program
  • issuance of subsidies
  • restrictions
  • enrollment in employer-sponsored coverage

(1) To enroll in the Family Health Insurance Assistance Program established in ORS 735.720 (Definitions for ORS 735.720 to 735.740) to 735.740 (Sanctions for violation of program requirements), an applicant shall submit a written application to the Office of Private Health Partnerships or to the third-party administrator contracted by the office to administer the program pursuant to ORS 735.722 (Family Health Insurance Assistance Program) in the form and manner prescribed by the office. Except as provided in ORS 735.728 (Subsidies limited to funds appropriated), if the applicant qualifies as an eligible individual, the applicant shall either be enrolled in the program or placed on a waiting list for enrollment.

(2) After an eligible individual has enrolled in the program, the individual shall remain eligible for enrollment for the period of time established by the office.

(3) After an eligible individual has enrolled in the program, the office or third-party administrator shall issue subsidies in an amount determined pursuant to ORS 735.726 (Level of assistance determinations) to either the eligible individual or to the carrier designated by the eligible individual, subject to the following restrictions:

(a) Subsidies may not be issued to an eligible individual unless all eligible children, if any, in the eligible individual’s family are covered under a health benefit plan or Medicaid.

(b) Subsidies may not be used to subsidize premiums on a health benefit plan whose premiums are wholly paid by the eligible individual’s employer without contribution from the employee.

(c) Such other restrictions as the office may adopt.

(4) The office may issue subsidies to an eligible individual in advance of a purchase of a health benefit plan.

(5) To remain eligible for a subsidy, an eligible individual must enroll in a group health benefit plan if a plan is available to the eligible individual through the individual’s employment and the employer makes a monetary contribution toward the cost of the plan, unless the office implements specific cost or benefit structure criteria that make enrollment in an individual health insurance plan more advantageous for the eligible individual.

(6) Notwithstanding ORS 735.720 (Definitions for ORS 735.720 to 735.740) (4)(b), if an eligible individual is enrolled in a group health benefit plan available to the eligible individual through the individual’s employment and the employer requires enrollment in both a health benefit plan and a dental plan, the individual is eligible for a subsidy for both the health benefit plan and the dental plan. [Formerly 653.810; 2003 c.128 §2; 2003 c.683 §1; 2005 c.238 §7; 2005 c.262 §7; 2005 c.727 §7; 2005 c.744 §25]

Note: See note under 735.720 (Definitions for ORS 735.720 to 735.740).

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 735—Alternative Insurance, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors735.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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